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I Owe You One

A Novel
Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

“A smart lesson wrapped in a gem of a novel." (Jodi Picoult, number one New York Times best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)

From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one”, and an IOU that changes everything.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first”. And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees - she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off - she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she? 

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself - but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie - from small favors to life-changing moments - ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

Praise for I Owe You One

“This book is a shot of pure joy!” (Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Corner)

“A delightful, irresistible romp.” (Booklist)

“[A] fun story about family, loyalty, and taking charge of your own life...Kinsella creates a charming story full of quirky characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue.... [Her] many fans will devour this warm and hilarious read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

I Owe You One is another impossibly delightful story by Sophie Kinsella, a must-read for her die-hard fans and new readers alike.” (PopSugar, 24 of the Best New Books Coming Out This Winter)

©2019 Sophie Kinsella (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“I love the opportunity to escape with a Sophie Kinsella book, and I Owe You One came just when I needed it. Fixie’s story is one of missed cues, mistakes, and the realization that you can’t fix someone else’s mess until you fix your own - a smart lesson wrapped in a gem of a novel.” (Jodi Picoult, New York Times best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)

“Kinsella offers another winning novel.... [Her] reliable mix of humor and spot-on insights into both romantic and familial relationships adds spice as Fixie finally learns to take charge and speak her mind, making this a surefire hit for Kinsella’s fans.” (Publishers Weekly)

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listened until the end but almost quit

I normally really enjoy Sophie Kinesella and find her books funny and engaging. This book only had one likable character - the romantic interest. The protagonist was an unbelievable twit and her whole family was completely unlikable until everyone miracuoulsy changed for the last two chapters. I'd recommend a different Kinsella.

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  • Dee
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  • 2019-02-10

I loved it!!!!

Sophie Kinsella has a certain knack for creating main female characters that you just want to root for. From the very first paragraph, I loved Fixie. Yes, she got on my nerves at times but she was real in all her flaws. I loved how she loved her family. I totally get how the years that separated her from her siblings put her at a disadvantage when dealing with them. When she got her voice, as I know she would, I celebrated.

The story was simple but complex. The Farr family dynamic was in flux since their father died. The family hardware store was the center of their universe and the source of their joy and pain. The love story that plays in the back ground of the drama had a very sweet beginning but it did make me seethe...for a minute.

As good as the story is, the narration is what makes it next level. Fiona Hardingham is easily one of the best voices I've ever had the pleasure. To say that she can read the phone book (do they still make those?) and I would listen is not an overstatement. A lot of what happens in this book takes place in Fixie's head. That could be a chore if not for the very excellent narration. Hardingham makes Fixie so real that I felt Fixie was standing right in front of me.

I pre-ordered this book and it absolutely did not disappoint!!

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  • jessica
  • 2019-02-10

A great listen!

I'm a Sophie Kinsella fan and have to say this was one of her best. I really enjoyed this read. Some reviews didn't like the protagonist, but I find it refreshing to have an honest character many of us can relate to. Fixie's characteristics and family dynamics are those many of us have, just magnified. The plot was engaging and Sophie's quick-witted humor continues to make me smile. Thanks for making my long drives a bit more enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-08

Ugh

I generally really like Sophie Kinsella, but I only made it halfway through this one. After listening for 6 hours, I couldn't waste anymore time waiting to see if it would turn around.
Fixie is a doormat that lets everyone walk all over her, her brother is an obnoxious jerk, and her sister is a self-absorbed flake.Ryan is the guy she's after (the one that got away), but frankly, I don't see why she'd want to have more than one conversation with him. Personally, I just wanted to punch him.
Maybe she gets her act together and finds her backbone, but there are so many other books waiting for me to listen, that I just don't really care to find out.

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  • Roseann
  • 2019-02-11

I couldn’t bare to listen to any more.

Fixie is pathetic. No backbone. Allowing her good for nothing siblings and her crush to ridiculously take advantage of her. I couldn’t take it anymore. Usually a fan , big disappointment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-19

One of the first books I've ever hated

The characters are maddening and ridiculous. I constantly moved forward to skip over scenes that were like nails on a chalkboard.

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  • Morgan
  • 2019-02-15

Wonderful!!

Kinsella does it again! This book was simply marvelous, I was so sad it was over! The narration was amazing, it was like the book sprung to life with her voice!

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  • 2019-02-22

Fantastic!

Loved it! Well developed characters, fun and enjoyable. My first book by Sophia Kinsella, look forward to reading more!

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  • susan birch
  • 2019-02-21

Excellent!

Sophia Kinsella does it again. If you enjoy an easy romantic comedy...this one is perfect. I only wish I could listen to it longer.

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  • Chelsea
  • 2019-02-21

First Kinsella book that I didn’t like

I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and am one to listen to her books over and over again, but this book was not my favorite. I’m sure there are may people who will love this book but I just cannot stand the main character. She stressed me out. I did choose to return this to audible as I don’t ever see myself listening to it again. I only finished it because I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt but like I said, I won’t listen to it again. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop listening to Sophie Kinsella’s books in the future though!

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  • INGRID VINES
  • 2019-02-21

Great read!!

I love,love this book. This author just gets better and better. I can't wait for the next book 🤗